3F03_WEEK 9 AFRICAN THEATRE 03/02/2010
Presentation – Look for what common issues may arise out of different
research and what the differences are.
March 2, 2010
African Canadian Theatre in Canada
What is the function of Canadian Theatre?
To affirm how, as Canadians, we have a similar way of looking at the
Creating a sense of comfort with our identity
To encourage us to see the world differently?
Create new aesthetics that questions the norms of our social
Development through a series of debates.
If we want a public discussion about Canadian concern, how many different
ways do we have of being Canadian?
Problem of Artistic Quality
Stratford and Regional
Develop a market for the best plays of the international repertoire
Develop Canadian theatre as a venue for public discussion of Canadian
Write plays about Canadian concerns
Bring new audiences to Canadian theatre
Learn from a variety of international approaches.
What is particular about this form?
Who makes African-Canadian Theatre?
Many cultures involved in the African Diaspora in Canada Blacks first arrived in Canada with Champlain in 1604
“Loyalists” and underground railway
Big waves of immigration
Canadian immigration laws changed
Before that there were preferred nations that Canada accepted immigration
British and French heritage & European countries were privileged in
After this there was more immigration from Caribbean and African
Important to recognize that we’re not talking about homogenous
communities, but a Diaspora [people who have been forced to leave the
“Canada suffers from a kind of ‘historical amnesia’. It has forgotten the
‘racist laws, policies, practices, and ideologies that have shaped Canadian
social, cultural political and economic institutions from 300 years” (P.10).
As a result, there are serious patterns of omission in the documentation of
African Canadian cultural production
“The effect, more often than not, is erasure, which forced contemporary
practitioners in the arts to continuously reinvent themselves, often unaware
that there are already footprints on the path they are now cleaning, as if for
the first time” (Sears i)
Canada never had the massive plantation style of slavery that Southern
United States had [